Perfect, BackSeams…”HowTo”

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Seamed: Stockings manufactured in the old Full-Fashioned manner with a seam running up the back of the leg. In the past they were manufactured by cutting the fabric and then sewing it together. Today stockings are generally fully knitted and a fake or mock seam is added up the back for a particular fashion look. Some brands also produce seamed hold-ups.
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Hosiery, also referred to as legwear, describes garments worn directly on the feet and legs. The term originated as the collective term for products of which a maker or seller is termed a hosier; and those products are also known generically as hose. The term is also used for all types of knitted fabric, and its thickness and weight is defined in terms of denier or opacity. Lower denier measurements of 5 to 15 describe a hose which may be sheer in appearance, whereas styles of 40 and above are dense, with little to no light able to come through on 100 denier items.

The first references to hosiery can be found in works of Hesiod, where Romans are said to have used leather or cloth in forms of strips to cover their lower body parts. Even the Egyptians are speculated to have used hosiery as socks have been found in certain tombs.

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Before the 1920s, women’s stockings, if worn, were worn for warmth. In the 1920s, as hemlines of women’s dresses rose, women began to wear stockings to cover the exposed legs. These stockings were sheer, first made of silk or rayon (then known as “artificial silk”), and after 1940 of nylon.
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Paint-on Hosiery During the War Years

A back “seam” drawn with an eyebrow pencil topped off the resourceful fashion effect
So it’s Saturday night in 1941, and you want to wear stockings with your cocktail dress, but the new wonder material nylon has been rationed for the war effort and has disappeared from department store shelves. What do you do in such times of patriotic privation? You get resourceful, and cover your legs with a layer of nude-colored makeup, and line the back of each leg with a trompe l’oeil seam.

Last week, in the first post from the Stocking Series, we heard about the huge reception of nylon hosiery. On May 16, 1940, officially called “Nylon Day,” four million pairs of nylons landed in stores and sold out within two days! But only a year later, the revolutionary product became scarce when the World War II economy directed all nylon into manufacturing parachutes, rope and netting.
Having trouble with your seam? No problem! This contraption, made from a screwdriver handle, bicycle leg clip and an ordinary eyebrow pencil would do the trick!

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TMJS ”Halloween costume Special part1&2“HowTo: cat woman to Marilyn Monroe + Barbie


TMJS ”Halloween costume Special part1“HowTo: cat woman
To get a character just right I believe research is the best to know more of the how and why or at least look up pictures so this Special Halloween episode has a bit more facts so you can fully develop how with each of these very different legends

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Cat woman is a fictional character
Abilities:
Peak athlete
Expert burglar
Steel spring-loaded climbing pitons
Razor-sharp retractable claws
Wields an assortment of bullwhips and cat o’ nine tails as gymnastic equipmentEartha_Kitt_Catwoman_Batman_1967cartoonimagesthen nowVintage-Pop-Icons-Catwoman

Costume can be any material body paint leather latex spandex or fabric it should be all black ears a must optional gloves ,stilettos to boots & belt or corset .
Makeup on eyes should be black or deep popping your eye color deep lips red vamp or natural wet lips ok but most wear red …eye shadow heavy in cat eye shape or at least nude lid with rich black eyeliner extending out with up curve on outer edge of eye black spiked nails gloves with claws or black /red nail polish

Cat woman is associated with DC Comics’ Batman franchise. Historically a super villainess, the character was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, partially inspired by Kane’s cousin, Ruth Steel, as well as actress Jean Harlow.
The original and most widely known Catwoman, Selina Kyle, first appears in Batman #1 (Spring 1940) in which she is known as The Cat.
She is usually depicted as an adversary of Batman, known for having a complex love-hate relationship with him. In her first appearance, she was a whip-carrying burglar with a taste for high-stake thefts. For many years Catwoman thrived, but from September 1954 to November 1966 she took an extended hiatus due to the newly developing Comics Code Authority in 1954.
These issues involved the rules regarding the development and portrayal of female characters that were in violation of the Comics Code. Since the 1990s, Catwoman has been featured in an eponymous series that cast her as an antiheroine classy cat burglar rather than a traditional villain. The character has been one of Batman’s most enduring love interests.
A popular figure, Catwoman has been featured in most media adaptations related to Batman. Actresses Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt introduced her to a large audience on the 1960s Batman television series and the 1966 Batman motion picture. Michelle Pfeiffer portrayed the character in 1992′s Batman Returns. Halle Berry starred in a stand-alone Catwoman film, 2004′s Catwoman, which was a box-office flop, and bears little to no resemblance to the Batman character. Anne Hathaway portrayed Selina Kyle in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises.
Catwoman was ranked 11th on “Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time” list, and 51st on Wizard magazine’s “100 Greatest Villains of All Time” list. Conversely, she was ranked 20th on “Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time” list, as well as 23rd in Comics Buyer’s Guide’s “100 Sexiest Women in Comics” list.

TMJS ”Halloween costume Special part 2“HowTo: cat woman to Marilyn Monroe + Barbie
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Marilyn Monroe ,blond bombshell singer actress ,diamonds are a girls best friend ,Marilyn sang originally on film platinum blond with bedroom eyes wet lips and signature mole on left cheek most known wardrobe white dress from the famous skirt blowing up scene from seven year itch ..I went with a look from her New York years and misfits movie …
Blond wig and classic Marilyn makeup you will need Champaign eye shadow rich pink or red lips fair base black liquid liner and black eyeliner (to add dot for her mole )
There are so many pictures out there look her up it will enhance your options of details in your own interpretation of Marilyn
To disguise dark hair : Use a hair net pin your hair up I found a fair skin spray and a white hairspray spray your hair line with both then take a wet wipe and remove from face skin …
white liquid cream Halloween makeup(theatrical stage makeup) applied to face and all exposed flesh for the famous Marilyn glow use a light skin face powder all over exposed flesh and apply generous pouter on the hair line if your eyebrows are thick or dark apply cream makeup and powder to blend the eyebrows to pale
Champaign or pale pink shimmer eye shadow coat eye lid and eyebrows ,pink blush goes on cheeks and below cheek bone for contour also add blush to outer side of eyelid below brow bone and above temple above brow if you want a tiny nose brush a touch of blush on sides of nose blend with face powder

Big false eyelashes should be applied and liquid eyeliner with a visible point at outer edge
Eyebrows a tan shimmer eye shadow using a angled brow brush add in a healthy 1950s shape see Marilyn pictures
take Champaign shadow apply under eye and above liquid eye liner to make the eyes pop
For the famous mole black eyeliner place tip of pencil in desired area hold on skin turning a touch then fill in any uneven edges or center color if you really want it to stay after add very carefully liquid liner to center portion of mole this should stay on all night
Wet full lips in pink to red (depending on your wardrobe)

Marilyn Monroe who ???
On May 19, 1962, she attended the early birthday celebration of President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, at the suggestion of Kennedy’s brother-in-law, actor Peter Lawford. Monroe performed “Happy Birthday” along with a specially written verse based on Bob Hope’s “Thanks for the Memory”. Kennedy responded to her performance with the remark, “Thank you. I can now retire from politics after having had ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way.”
In 1926 a girl was born in the charity ward at the Los Angeles County Hospital who would become one of the most celebrated and enduring icons of all time – Marilyn Monroe. Norma Jeane Mortenson’s childhood was volatile as she was passed from family members to family friends and frequently stayed in orphanages as a result of her mother’s mental health. To avoid another orphanage stay a family friend orchestrated a marriage proposal when she was sixteen years old. When her husband was sent to the Pacific with the merchant marine, Norma Jeane began working on an assembly line at an aeronautical plant.
In 1945 a photographer took a snapshot of the stunning brunette while at the factory and within months she became a successful model securing dozens of magazine covers and a screen test with 20th Century Fox. Studio executives, directors and photographers immediately recognized her ability to capture and hold the attention of anyone on the opposite end of a camera lens. By the end of 1946 her hair had become a platinum shade of blonde and her name was changed to Marilyn Monroe.
Over a little more than a decade Monroe captivated audiences through a multitude of comedic and dramatic roles. Audiences loved her breathy, blonde bombshell appeal combined with her light comedic approach in How To Marry A Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven-Year Itch and Some Like It Hot. She was serious about her craft and delivered believable, flawed characters in Don’t Bother To Knock and Niagara. She worked closely with Lee Strasberg at The Actor’s Studio who referred to her as one of the two students out of “hundreds and hundreds” that stood out above the rest. The other was Marlon Brando. In 1956 the New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther reported on her breakthrough role, “HOLD onto your chairs, everybody, and get set for a rattling surprise. Marilyn Monroe has finally proved herself an actress in Bus Stop. She and the picture are swell!” Although it didn’t get good reviews The Misfits is one of Monroe’s most staggering and indelible performances. She received a Golden Globe award for her performance in Some Like It Hot and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Bus Stop.
In 1962 Marilyn Monroe bought her first home in Brentwood and began decorating it with purchases from a trip she had made to Mexico. She died that same year in her new home under controversial circumstances. Regardless, Marilyn Monroe’s personal history, achievements and contributions have made her one of the world’s greatest icons. She inspired musicians, writers and artists like Madonna, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Joyce Carol Oates and Andy Warhol to name just a few with her timeless glamour and extraordinary character. More relevant today than ever Marilyn Monroe lived a life and left a legacy that continues to excite fans all over the world.
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Barbie from 1959 to now I styled JessicaShores.com as a 1990s Barbie for her music video blue and teal eye shadow white highlight bubblegum pink lips and cheeks and long blonde hair & for a modern twist I added pink spikes on side of hair
HowTo Barbie:
Go golden or tan if your not add a body spray (makeup permanent not necessary for one day)
1 Apply foundation to match your skin but on the tan or golden side add powder
2 white shadow mate or shimmer ok I choose shimmer place on entire eyelid
3 then take a bright blue and place on eyelid just below crease to start then a strong teal shadow cover below crease then add below brow bone make a round shape of color on eyelid then bring out on outside of eyelid back to bright blue coating entire colored area on lid then place just below lower lashes full under eye liner ,
4 blend the edges lightly with pale eye shadow brush blend to your desired look
5 add big false lashes add bit more shadow to blend + mascara
6 Bubblegum pink blush and lips
Who is Barbie
In 2009, Barbie celebrated her 50th birthday. The celebrations included a runway show in New York for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.[7] The event showcased fashions contributed by fifty well-known haute couturiers including Diane von Fürstenberg, Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, Bob Mackie, and Christian Louboutin
The first Barbie doll wore a black and white zebra striped swimsuit and signature topknot ponytail, and was available as either a blonde or brunette. The doll was marketed as a “Teen-age Fashion Model,” with her clothes created by Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson. The first Barbie dolls were manufactured in Japan, with their clothes hand-stitched by Japanese homeworkers. Around 350,000 Barbie dolls were sold during the first year of production.
One of the most common criticisms of Barbie is that she promotes an unrealistic idea of body image for a young woman, leading to a risk that girls who attempt to emulate her will become anorexic.[citation needed] A standard Barbie doll is 11.5 inches tall, giving a height of 5 feet 9 inches at 1/6 scale. Barbie’s vital statistics have been estimated at 36 inches (chest), 18 inches (waist) and 33 inches (hips).
She has an on-off romantic relationship with her boyfriend Ken (Ken Carson), who first appeared in 1961. A news release from Mattel in February 2004 announced that Barbie and Ken had decided to split up,[12] but in February 2006 they were hoping to rekindle their relationship after Ken had a makeover.[13] Barbie has had over 40 pets including cats and dogs, horses, a panda, a lion cub, and a zebra. She has owned a wide range of vehicles, including pink Corvette convertibles, trailers, and jeeps. She also holds a pilot’s license, and operates commercial airliners in addition to serving as a flight attendant. Barbie’s careers are designed to show that women can take on a variety of roles in life, and the doll has been sold with a wide range of titles including Miss Astronaut Barbie (1965), Doctor Barbie (1988) and Nascar Barbie (1998).
Mattel has created a range of companions for Barbie, including Hispanic Teresa, Midge, African American Christie, and Steven (Christie’s boyfriend). Barbie’s siblings and cousins were also created including Skipper, Todd and Stacie (twin brother and sister), Kelly, Krissy, and Francie. Barbie was friendly with Blaine, an Australian surfer, during her split with Ken in 2004

Try to make your costume choices appropriate for your comfort /plans and Please Have A Happy &SAFE Halloween!!!